Los Angeles

Don Suggs

L.A. Louver

In The Origin of the Work of Art, Martin Heidegger states, “To be a work means to set up a world,” suggesting that art is a self-reflexive linguistic construct removed from empirical reality. In his later writings, however, Heidegger came to see language as semantically liberating, rather than confining; he looked at art as the manifestation of truth’s becoming, a Dionysian force that calls the phenomenological world into existence.

Don Suggs’ recent paintings adhere to Heidegger’s early critical position, indicting mediation as an obstruction to actual experience. Suggs expresses this obfuscation of naming by means of a layered strategy of negation. Picture-postcard and tourist-eye views of the natural landscape, as well as painted renditions of official photo portraits, are partially obscured by geometric abstractions that simultaneously suggest color cue cards, national flags, and

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